The Rev. Donald G. Weston, who was founder and pastor of St. John's Chapel of the Valley, died March 2, 1987 at the age of 80. Rev. Weston served as chaplain for the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and the Modesto Police Department, in addition to hosting a radio show on KTRB for over 40 years.
He was active in many community organizations, including the founding board for the Memorial Hospital in Ceres, the California Relays, Crippled Children's Society, Stanislaus County Tuberculosis and Health Association, the Football Quarterback Club and the Association for the Mentally Retarded. In addition, Rev. Weston was a member of the Modesto Exchange Club, the Native Sons and was named outstanding citizen of the year in 1948 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Modesto.
Born in San Diego, the Rev. Weston was one of seven sons, five of whom became ministers. He was ordained in 1927 after graduating from Betheny Bible College. He then worked as a pastor in Nevada and Wyoming, as well as the cities of Eureka and Pacific Grove. Before moving to Modesto in 1934, he supervised Indian missions along the Trinity and Klamath rivers. In 1958, Rev. Weston founded St. John's Chapel of the Valley, an interdenominational church.
He is survived by one son, W. Donald Weston of Michigan; three brothers; two grandchildren and one great- grandchild.